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List of RAAF inland aircraft fuel depots

In 1939, with the commencement of World War II, the Chief of the Air Staff of the Royal Australian Air Force identified the necessity to increase bulk storage and supply of aviation fuel across Australia for the purpose of defending Australia. An ...

List of ships of the Royal Australian Air Force

10 - Bomb Scows 18 - Powered Landing Barge 20 - Fire Boat 06 - Store Vessels, Large Ketches and Lighters 21 - Refrigerator Freezer Barge 11 - Open Hull Work Boat 15 - Requisitioned Vessels, Cargo Vessels and Bomb Scows 05 - Refueling Barge 12 - W ...

Royal Australian Air Force Maritime Section

The Royal Australian Air Force Maritime Section was the branch of the Royal Australian Air Force responsible for manning boats operated by the Air Force. The typically small craft operated by the Section provided the RAAF with an air-sea rescue s ...

Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force

Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force is the highest rank of the Royal Australian Air Force and was created as a direct equivalent of the British Royal Air Force rank of Marshal of the Royal Air Force. It is considered a five-star rank. It ha ...

Ranks of the Royal Australian Air Force

The rank structure of the Royal Australian Air Force has been inherited from the Royal Air Force. The RAF based its officer ranks on the Royal Navy, and its airmen ranks on the British Army. Unlike the RAF, RAAF rank abbreviations are always writ ...

Roulettes

The Roulettes are the Royal Australian Air Forces formation aerobatic display team. They provide about 150 flying displays a year, in Australia and in friendly countries around the Southeast Asian region. The Roulettes form part of the RAAF Centr ...

Structure of the Royal Australian Air Force

The Royal Australian Air Force is organised into a number of operational, support and training formations located at bases across Australia. Circa 1998, composite wings in the 95-97 series range were reported to be formed if necessary for operati ...

Tiger Force (air)

Tiger Force, also known as the Very Long Range Bomber Force, was the name given to a World War II British Commonwealth long-range heavy bomber force, formed in 1945, from squadrons serving with RAF Bomber Command in Europe, for proposed use again ...

Warrant Officer of the Air Force

Warrant Officer of the Air Force is the most senior Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. It is a singular appointment, being it is only held by one person at any time. The special insignia for the WOFF-AF is the Australian coat of a ...

Admiral (Australia)

Admiral is the highest active rank of the Royal Australian Navy and was created as a direct equivalent of the British Navy rank of admiral. It is a four-star rank. Since World War II, in general, the only time the rank is held is when the Chief o ...

Admiral of the fleet (Australia)

Admiral of the fleet is the highest rank in the Royal Australian Navy, but is a ceremonial, not active or operational, rank. It equates to the rank code O-11. Equivalent ranks in the other services are field marshal and marshal of the Royal Austr ...

Australian Patrol Boat Group

The Australian Patrol Boat Group is a Force Element Group of the Royal Australian Navy. The groups mission is to provide patrol boat capability for the protection of Australias national interests. The Patrol Boat Group operates thirteen originall ...

Chief of Navy (Australia)

The Chief of Navy is the most senior appointment in the Royal Australian Navy, responsible to the Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary of Defence. The rank associated with the position is vice admiral. Vice Admiral Michael Noonan is the c ...

Colonial navies of Australia

Before Federation in 1901 five of the six separate colonies maintained their own naval forces for defence. The colonial navies were supported by the ships of the Royal Navys Australian Station which was established in 1859. The separate colonies ...

Craft of Opportunity Program

The Craft of Opportunity Program was a Royal Australian Navy acquisition program intended to supplement the navys mine warfare capability with civilian vessels that could be quickly converted into minesweepers. Vessels acquired under COOP were no ...

Esther Williams Trophy

The Esther Williams Trophy is one of two trophies that have circulated among ships of various navies, after originating in the Royal Australian Navy. Initially, in 1943, the trophy was a joke between two friends, Lieutenants Lindsay Brand and Dav ...

Fleet Air Arm (RAN)

The Fleet Air Arm, known formally as the Australian Navy Aviation Group, is the division of the Royal Australian Navy responsible for the operation of aircraft. The FAA was founded in 1947 following the purchase of two aircraft carriers from the ...

Fleet Command (Australia)

Fleet Command is responsible for the command, operations, readiness, training and force generation of all ships, submarines, aircraft squadrons, diving teams, and shore establishments of the Royal Australian Navy. Fleet Command is headquartered a ...

Garden Island Naval Chapel

The Garden Island Naval Chapel is a heritage-listed non-denominational Christian chapel located in the heritage-listed Garden Island Naval Precinct that comprises a naval base and dockyard in the inner eastern Sydney suburb of Garden Island in th ...

BRP Iwak (LC-289)

The BRP Iwak is a heavy landing craft of the Philippine Navy. From 1972 to 2012, it was known as HMAS Wewak and served the Royal Australian Navy. It was decommissioned in December 2012, was stored until it was sold by the Australian government to ...

Jervois-Scratchley reports

From the time of the first settlement in Australia, the Royal Marines, the New South Wales Corps and a succession of regiments of the British Army had been responsible for defending the Australian colonies. With the withdrawal of British garrison ...

List of warship classes of the Royal Australian Navy

This is a list of major classes of warship operated by the Royal Australian Navy. Included are capital ships, amphibious vessels, cruisers, destroyers and frigates.

Royal Australian Navy Memorial

The Royal Australian Navy Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra, the national capital of Australia, honours the sailors who have served to protect the nation. On 10 July 1911, the Commonwealth Naval Forces were renamed the Royal Australian Navy. T ...

Royal Australian Navy minesweeping after World War II

Following World War II the Royal Australian Navy was required to clear naval mines from the waters around Australia and New Guinea. Minesweeping in these areas began in December 1945 and was completed in August 1948. One ship, the Bathurst class ...

Navy News (Australia)

Navy News is the newspaper published by the Royal Australian Navy. The paper is produced fortnightly and is uploaded online so that members can access it when deployed overseas.

Operation Lilliput

Operation Lilliput was the name given to a convoy operation directed by G.H.Q. Operations Instructions Number 21 of 20 October 1942 for transportation of troops, weapons, and supplies in a regular transport service between Milne Bay and Oro Bay, ...

Rear admiral (Australia)

Rear admiral is the third-highest active rank of the Royal Australian Navy and was created as a direct equivalent of the British rank of rear admiral. It is a two-star rank. Rear admiral is a higher rank than commodore, but lower than vice admira ...

Royal Australian Naval Reserve

The Royal Australian Naval Reserve is the volunteer reserve force of the Royal Australian Navy in Australia. The current Royal Australian Naval Reserve was formed in June 1973 by merging the former RANR Seagoing and the Royal Australian Naval Vol ...

Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service

The Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service is the collective name of the submarine element of the Royal Australian Navy. The service currently forms the Navys Submarine Force Element Group and consists of six Collins class submarines. The Royal ...

Tactical assault group

A Tactical Assault Group is an Australian Defence Force special forces unit tasked with responding to counter-terrorism incidents in Australia on land and maritime environments and also with conducting overseas special recovery operations. At pre ...

Tresco, Elizabeth Bay

Tresco is a heritage-listed residence located at 97 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was designed by Thomas Rowe and built by Rowe from 1867 to 1883. The property is privately owned. It was added t ...

Vice admiral (Australia)

Vice admiral is the second-highest active rank of the Royal Australian Navy and was created as a direct equivalent of the British rank of vice admiral. It is a three-star rank. The rank is held by the Chief of Navy and, when the positions are hel ...

BRP Waray (LC-288)

The BRP Waray is a heavy landing craft of the Philippine Navy. From 1972 to 2012, it was known as HMAS Betano and served the Royal Australian Navy. which was decommissioned in December 2012, stored until it was sold by the Australian government t ...

Warrant Officer of the Navy

Warrant Officer of the Navy is the most senior warrant officer in the Royal Australian Navy. It is a singular appointment, being only held by one person at any time. The special insignia for the WO-N is the Australian coat of arms with a wreath a ...

Chief of Joint Operations (Australia)

The Chief of Joint Operations is a three-star role within the Australian Defence Force, responsible the Joint Operations Command and joint operational deployments, such as United Nations peacekeeping and joint task groups. Until 2007, the Vice Ch ...

Chief of the Defence Force (Australia)

The Chief of the Defence Force is the professional head of the Australian Defence Force and the most senior uniformed military adviser to the Minister for Defence. The current Chief of the Defence Force is General Angus Campbell, who took office ...

Company sergeant major

The Company Sergeant Major is the senior non-commissioned soldier of a company in the armies of many Commonwealth countries, responsible for administration, standards and discipline. In combat, his prime responsibility is the supply of ammunition ...

Conductor (military appointment)

Conductor is an appointment held by a few selected warrant officers class 1 in the Royal Logistic Corps and is one of the most senior appointments that can be held by a warrant officer in the British Army. Previously conductor was the most senior ...

Regimental sergeant major

Regimental sergeant major is an appointment that may be held by warrant officers class 1 in the British Army, the British Royal Marines and in the armies of many Commonwealth and former Commonwealth nations, including Australia, Kenya and New Zea ...

Australian Air Force Cadets

The Australian Air Force Cadets, known as the Air Training Corps until 2001, is a Federal Government funded youth organisation. The parent force of the AAFC is the Royal Australian Air Force. Along with the Australian Army Cadets and the Australi ...

De Havilland Australia

de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd was part of de Havilland, then became a separate company. It acquired the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation in 1985 and was purchased by Boeing in 2000 and merged with the Boeing owned AeroSpace Technologies of Austr ...

Government Aircraft Factories

Government Aircraft Factories was the name of an aircraft manufacturer owned by the Government of Australia based at Fishermans Bend, a suburb of Melbourne in Victoria. It had its origins in the lead-up to World War II, during which it was known ...

Parakeet (communication system)

Parakeet is an Australian Army mobile battlefield communication system. It was introduced into service in the mid-1990s through project JP65. Parakeet was considered advanced military communications. This included secure voice and data trunking s ...

Womens Compulsory Service Petition League

The Womens Compulsory Service Petition League, originally the Womens Compulsory and All Loyal League and the Womens Compulsory Service League was a pro-conscription organisation active in Brisbane during the First World War. Formed primarily by t ...

World War I conscription in Australia

During the second half of World War One, the First Australian Imperial Force experienced a shortage of men as the number of men volunteering to fight overseas declined and the casualty rate increased. At the time, military service within the Comm ...

Centre for Policing, Intelligence & Counter Terrorism

The Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism is an Australian organisation at Macquarie University formed in response to the threat of terrorism. The Centre, founded in 2005, seeks to promote research, deliver postgraduate programs ...

Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections

The New South Wales Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections is a minister of the Government of New South Wales who is commissioned with responsibility for the administration of correctional services, juvenile justice, prisons, veterans aff ...

Australian Transformation and Innovation Centre

The Australian Transformation and Innovation Centre is a Thales Australia facility based at the Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney. It is used to put concepts into action by developing and demonstrating new technological capabilities and engineer ...

CEA Technologies

CEA Technologies was established in 1983, founded by two retired Royal Australian Navy personnel, Ian Croser and David Gaul. Employing over 400 employees, it is Australia’s largest majority owned defence company. CEA specialises in the design, de ...

DMS Maritime

DMS Maritime, formerly Defence Maritime Services, is an Australian company providing port services to the Australian Defence Force and Australian Customs Service National Marine Unit. DMS was founded in 1997 and currently operates 8 oceangoing ve ...